Festive season happier
The countdown to Christmas is on and help is being sought from the community to give some cheer to families in need.
The Salvation Army Community Ministries Tokoroa in conjunction with South Waikato News, Countdown, The Hits Radio, the business community and social services are working hard to provide support to the needy families in our community this Christmas.
Last year 101 families were assisted and a total of 396 children received presents and hampers.
This was despite the burglary of the South Waikato News office where donated presents were stolen.
Bridle said deliveries were made from Hamilton and Tauranga organisations to help replace the stolen goods.
The Salvation Army has set a goal to raise $6500 this year towards Christmas hampers.
Manager Colin Bridle said each year it is harder to find financial support.
The money raised will be used to buy food for the Christmas hampers and Christmas Day celebration.
Lieutenant Faye Molen said this year families who receive the hampers will also have the opportunity to pack them for others.
‘‘We are trying to create the opportunity for them to give back.’’
She said the ‘‘pay it forward’’ concept will help grow the sense of community.
Once the total is raised the food will be ordered on December 8 and packed in time for Christmas.
Drop off points for presents and toys will be at the South Waikato News, Countdown, The Hits radio station South Waikato District Council and Salvation Army on Balmoral Dr or Salvation Army stores in Tirau and Tokoroa.
HELP WANTED: Tokoroa Salvation Army Lieutenant Faye Molen hopes the community can help families in need this Christmas.